start growing your army of atomic supermen now! (ages 10+, batteries not included.)

Discovery DNA Explorer Kit:
  • Centrifuge
  • Magnetic mixer
  • Electrophoresis chamber
  • Test vials
  • Ink samples
  • DNA stain (fabricated to mimic real DNA)
  • Mail order card for first two experiments
  • And lots more

17 Responses:

  1. so when is CBS greenlighting the 'CSI: junior high' saturday morning cartoon?

  2. violentbloom says:

    so what exactly does a dna kit have to do with growing crystal stalagmites..
    I've done the dna thing and I'm absolutely certain there was no stalagmites involved. If there was I'm pretty sure I would have gotten an F on the project.

    maybe you can bake a cake in it too!

    • abates says:

      Someone probably realised you could use the centrifuge to dissolve stuff to grow crystals from...

      What I wanna know is do we get to sue the company for all the future supervillians/mad scientists this is going to produce?

      • violentbloom says:

        you could do that but their marketing technique is a bit scatterbrained.

        they could also market it as identify your own rapist kit or something too

      • whenever i see stuff like this i always think of a certain friend of mine. when he was younger, he drank the contents of a junior chemist set that he found in someones garbage, and then he went up on the roof of his house so that he could be hit by lightning. you see, he was smart enough to realize that these two events would do nothing separately, but the combination of the chemistry set with lightning would give him the super powers he always craved.

  3. rxrfrx says:

    1. why does this appear to be a computer generated image, instead of a photo of the real product?

    2. considering any real DNA stain is likely going to be too dangerous for a 10 year old to handle, what is this "DNA stain?" and what good is it if it only "mimics real DNA?"

    3. wtf

    • violentbloom says:

      re 1. it looks like shit because their product photographer doesn't know how to crop backgrounds in photoshop...the disgusting part is how much they pay people to do it.

      2. it's come..if you're over ten then I guess bukaki not too dangerous. and in related weird links:

    • belgand says:

      Actually the only really dangerous part is the ethidium bromide that you use to resolve the gel. The problem there being that it tends to be rather mutagenic. Otherwise, hell, making an electrophoresis gel is almost exactly like making Jell-O and loading it is pretty simple as well. Extracting DNA can be easily accomplished with a variety of simple, non-dangerous methods.

      • rxrfrx says:

        thank you, dr. science. dumbass. thanks for rephrasing my question.

      • icaruswing says:

        they are not actually using ethidium bromide they are using Blueview - BlueView is a quick, safe alternative to ethidium bromide staining for nucleic acid electrophoresis. BlueView can be used directly as the running buffer and in the gel for instant staining of the bands of nucleic acids during electrophoresis, and is visible in ambient light.

  4. msjen says:

    Discovery DNA Lounge Explorer Kit:

    Liquor license
    Floor gnomes and other minions (random assortment in every kit)
    Hand stamps
    Computer terminals
    Mesmerizing screensavers

    Okay, someone help me out here. You get the idea.

  5. belgand says:

    Sounds like fun for children interested in genetics, but honestly it's not that complicated. I'm a molecular biology undergrad and I do this sort of thing constantly. Honestly, the most problematic part of doing gel electrophoresis for kids is going to be time. It takes about 2-3 hours to run a gel of the size that seems to be shown at 60 volts.

    The scientifically minded will of course note that there isn't any sequencing going on (which is expensive and requires expensive and complicated machinery) and the child will lack the necessary restriction enzymes to really do much with this set beyond a few minor, but interesting experiments.

    The really interesting thing for me is whether I could use this to work from home. Sure it's not up to spec, but I wonder just how much more this would cost from a scientific supply company, 10x wouldn't be unreasonable in the least depending on your choice of centrifuge.